The on-going farce of a hearing to replace the soon to be vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is embarrassing for a nation of laws which presumes innocence until proven guilty with confirmation of a time, place, and date for an event. Christine Blasey Ford, the reluctant accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on charges of sexual assault, came across as believable if one is to disregard the premise of verifying an event beyond a reasonable doubt. Brett Kavanaugh stood credibly fast in his righteous indignation that he didn’t do that for which he was being accused. So what should the nation believe?
Heralding back to a poorly understood concept of physics, the stage here is set to refocus on “the Uncertainly Principle.” From the position of its Heisenberg principles’ observer effect, it is suggested that there is fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behavior. . . in our quantum world as well as that perceived by most. We have likely reached such in these judiciary hearings and folks must take a stand for their position on truth, justice, and the American way.
There are few things which I find embarrassing. For this nation, watching the Kavanaugh hearings is excruciatingly painful. Harkening back to the Clarence Thomas hearings with charges brought by Attorney Anita Hill down to the pubic hair, Kavanaugh’s confession of his early virginity seems to have gone too far. The issues all weighing on this one justice has little to do with his confirmation and much to do with whether we are willing to confirm the U.S. Constitution as our rock for the rules of law.
Listening to Senator Lindsey Graham hit the nail on the head in his outrage over the Senate’s behavior in this matter, he rightly points out that it will be difficult to get good people to run or allow themselves to be nominated to any office if we scrutinize their life back to prepubescence. I can only imagine the conversations the Kavanaugh family has had to have with their young female children. The harassment of his family by intimidation in emails and protests outside of his home takes free speech too far. The unauthorized releasing of people’s address sets them up for protest and possible violent attacks which shouldn’t be allowed on their personal property. In this attempt to insure free speech, there is no 'fire!' in government. Running for safety is being replaced by ducking for cover from those unwilling to hear all sides of a discussion.
Kavanaugh and Ford in this hearing are both unwitting, misplaced pawns for issues reflecting a country leaning left of center in urban areas which outnumber those of the heartland. There is continuing unrelenting anger by many at President Trump who won fair and square in the 2016 election; but whose actions often call into question whether we have a double standard of justice.
As the sister of four brothers, mother of two sons, and grandmother of one grandson who are all black, the conversations had within our families on “driving while black,” dressing to not draw attention to oneself, learning to stand out for “good” behavior which won’t reflect poorly upon one's parents and why our black lives do matter, blend with many other home remedies for life paramount in developing men of solid character. We want the men in our lives to be honorable and above board. They need to be realistic and able to deal with the fact that we are not always seen fairly due to no fault of our own.
Is the #metoo movement holding them and us to an unrealistic standard where mistakes aren’t allowed and men are always wrong?
The Supreme Court over time will hopefully “right size” its rulings to reflect on the Constitution more than the burgeoning secular wish list of free education, free health care, free housing, and other things which are not to be found there.
As a father of two girls, hopefully Judge Kavanaugh will keep them and us in mind when issues affecting the well-being of women arise. If should be self-evident that all men and women may be created equal; but how their lives play out is often dictated by situations beyond their control — limited by exposure, opportunity, and uncertainty within and without.
Ada M. Fisher, MD, MPH is a licensed teacher, retired Corporate physician, former county school board member, speaker, author of Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Good for What Ails Us Book 1 (available through Amazon. com) and is the NC Republican National Committeewoman. Contact through DrAdaMFisher.org. To read more of Dr. Fisher's reports, Click Here Now.
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